Cephalonia 280 81, Greece
GPS: 38°18’07.1″N 20°35’58.3″E / 38.301977, 20.599527
Ayia Efimía (Αγία Ευφημεία) or Ayia Eufimia (saint well spoken of) lies on the E coast of the island of Kefalonia, 10 miles S of the harbour of Fiskardo. Considerable investment has been made in refurbishing the quay here, including installing water and electricity points all the way along, and the harbour is staffed to receive visiting yachts, of which there are considerable numbers during the season, and take their lines ashore. The harbour is sometimes crowded with flotilla boats, but even when full it is also a well protected cove in which to anchor off in the harbour. Shelter here is good in most conditions, although the prevailing NW wind tends to gust down into the harbour. Strong easterly winds send in an uncomfortable swell, which could become dangerous in gale force winds. Ashore there is an excellent bakery, several provisions stores, and restaurants. Ayia Eufimia is a good alternative to Argostoli as a base from which to tour the island.
There are no dangers in the approach. The harbour lies at the NW corner of a large bay, Sami Bay, partially protected from E by a long breakwater extending S from the shore. It is identifiable from distance by the wind turbines on the high hills behind the port. Contact the harbor master on channel 74 prior to entry.
To maximise capacity friendly harbour staff direct visiting yachts where to berth and take their lines. In you chose not to follow directions you may find your boat being nudged into position by their rib! Yachts anchor moor on the quay at the N side of the harbour, where there is space for some 30-40 yachts in depths of 3.0 – 4.0 metres at the quay. Anchoring depths are around 6.0 – 7.0 metres. It is wise to lay out plenty of chain here and ensure your anchor is well dug in, as the holding in sand – with a few rocks and weed patches- is uncertain in places and the winds tend to blow on the beam. Note also that the quay is very high here and although there are mooring rings in the wall many yachts will also need to take lines to the yellow-painted bollards on the quay. Expect your springs, if rigged, to be moved around as more yachts are coming in. Expect to pay around €20 for a 13m boat using quayside electricity.
Anchor towards the S of the bay; the harbour master will direct you to a spot if asked. Drop the anchor in 4.0 – 5.0 metres. The holding is not good everywhere, so make sure that your anchor is well dug in before you leave your boat. It is best to check by snorkeling. Once the anchor holds, the place is very secure, although there is a nasty swell in strong E or SE winds.
Ayia Eufimia is not a port of entry. The nearest ports of entry on the island are Argostoli and Sami.
Ayia Eufimia is not as attractive a harbour as Fiskardo, having been severely damaged in the 1953 earthquake, but attracts a modest level of tourism to its shingle beach and numerous waterfront tavernas. There are also traces of Roman and even earlier settlement around the village, including a partly excavated Roman villa. The harbour is also a good place to moor for a visit to the Cave of Melissani, an underground lake fed by a subterranean stream which flows all the way across the island from Argostoli. The cave is eight kms S of Ayia Eufimia along the road to Sami. It is best to visit around midday, when the sun streams down through the roof and turns the water below the colour of turquoise. Boatmen row visitors around the cave. A further five kms inland from Sami is the Drogarati Cave, a huge grotto with plentiful stalactites, so large that it is even used as an occasional concert venue. Finally, the harbour is, with transport, within easy reach of Assos some 15 kms to the NW – that is assuming you are not confident enough to take your yacht there.
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